Jumping over ledges, leaping over logs and performing some pretty spectacular aerial acrobatics are all standard procedure for most dogs, but they’re also the same talents shared by folks who love traversing long distances outdoors. We think there’s no reason dogs and people shouldn’t be doing them together. If you have a love for sports that are best played out in the wild, here are a few breeds you’ll probably get on well with.
The Border Collie is heavily regarded as the most intelligent dog breed out there and he’s incredibly active to boot. If you see one of these guys in an agility competition you can bet he’ll be at the top of the pack. He loves to jump and dart around obstacles and would be the perfect companion for anyone who spends his days leaping over logs and splashing through rivers.
The second most intelligent dog breed is also capable of learning how to navigate difficult obstacles, making him one of the best breeds for folks who love to mountain bike through the woods. The Standard Poodle is easily recognizable for its remarkable appearance, which includes long legs that carry him high in the air and allows him to move gracefully across the ground. He’s perfectly capable of keeping up with a fast pace and, truthfully, might even be able to outrun you on your bike.
The German Shepherd is sort of the bad boy of the dog world, with a fierce personality, handsome looks and a bit of a wild side. He loves to be in the middle of the action and is always down for competition. His long, lean body makes him very agile and capable of making astounding leaps from his hind legs. He’s also a tad susceptible to hip dysplasia, so he needs to be well monitored if you’re going to go hopping over boulders with him. He’s a great trail runner and can even do well with mountain climbing.
Jack Russell Terrier
Yep, that’s right; this tiny terror is one of the best dogs at tackling obstacle and agility courses. He’s chock full of energy and is great at tackling sharp turns. He might not be able to make the highest leaps out there, but with his smarts he’ll find a way to climb over anything you can throw in front of him. The rugged outdoors are actually pretty perfect for his tiny body. Take him with you when you’re hiking, jogging or even rock climbing as he’s pretty good and finding his way over the rocks. Heck, he might even beat you to the top if he takes the long way around.
The Australian Kelpie has the personality and work ethic of the Australian Shepherd and the body of a German Shepherd, making him on monstrous pup when it comes to agility. He’s quick on his feet, highly intelligent, and always ready to throw down on a challenge. It sure doesn’t help that he’s cute as a button, too. Ideally, he’ll have an owner who enjoys long-distance running or a good day spent on the beach or out on the waves riding a board.
The Lab has been America’s favorite dog breed for 25 years running, thanks heavily to his friendly disposition and his ability to fit in well in any situation. Outdoor enthusiasts will find this guy to be athletic and agile, while also smart enough to tackle any barrier in front of him. He’s easy to train and loves to please, so you can feel comfortable letting him off leash wherever you choose to run.
It’s impossible to make a list of perfect breeds for leaping over things and not include the Australian Shepherd; this guy consistently ranks near the top of the leaderboard in every competition he enters. The Aussie is quick, smart and has more energy than most people can handle. He’s the perfect pup for those who like to spend their days outside on the run or in the air. He’s great for mountain climbers thanks to his thick coat, as well as hikers, campers and runners.
While at first glance you might think we must be joking, but Papillons have increasingly been involved in agility competitions over the last few years and are certainly making a name for themselves on the scene. These tiny toy spaniels are full of energy and are capable of making some pretty impressive leaps for dogs of their size. Take one of these along on your jaunts and you’re sure to draw a lot of attention.